When we started Antioch, we believed that God had called us to be a new expression of His Church. Not better, just different. We firmly believe that there is only one Body of Christ, the Church, but that body has many parts each with different purposes. We believe our purpose to be as follows.
WHY WE EXIST AS A CHURCH:
“To bring Glory to God through the advancing of His Kingdom.”
- Our longing is to see things restored to the way they were intended to be, first in our lives and then in the world around us. To see His Kingdom come and His will be done, both in us and through us.
HOW WE ARE UNIQUE AS A CHURCH:
“Deep worship, dependence upon the Holy Spirit, and a commitment to live life together.”
- You can have church without a message, but you can’t have church without worship. A good portion of our time is devoted to pouring out love to God through worship and prayer.
- We believe that the Holy Spirit is still active and leading the body of Christ. We try to be intentional about waiting on the Spirit and allowing Him to lead.
- Jesus said that all men will know that we are His disciples by the love we have for one another. This kind of a relationship can’t be developed by meeting together once a week for 2 hours. Therefore we are committed to investing in each other’s lives and spending time together.
THE FOUR PILLARS OF ANTIOCH:
“To nurture knowledge, heal the heart, cultivate creativity, and strengthen for service.”
- Knowing God requires more than just knowing facts about Him. We believe in order to know and worship God fully it will require our head, hearts, and hands. We are committed to developing our minds through study, our hearts through disciplines and healing, and our hands through service to those in need.
- We also believe in the importance of beauty and celebrate the arts at Antioch. When God is introduced in the Scriptures it is as Creator, or Artist. We have been created in His image as creators to express His beauty and to worship Him through the arts.
OUR CULTURE WORDS:
“Home, Hope, Honor, and Hilarity”
- Home is the place where you can let down your guard. You don’t have to try to be anything that you are not. You can be you without worrying about anyone judging you. Home is where we find our rest and our peace. We can never become who we were created to be if we feel like we need to hide behind a façade.
- Hope is a rare thing these days. Antioch is committed to being a place where every person can find hope for whatever they are going through.
- We as a church Honor not only God, but every person who walks into our community. We believe in the importance of honor to release blessing in our own lives.
- Hilarity is defined as “boisterous merriment.” If you are not having fun, you are doing it wrong. Church should be serious, intense, powerful, and reverent; but it should also be filled with joy and celebration. We laugh, and are confident that laughter can be a form of worship too.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
We believe the Bible, composed of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired (God-breathed) Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16). It is the final authority for all matters of faith and practice. In other words, it is the revealed will of God concerning what Christians should believe and how they should live.
The Bible is our ultimate statement of faith. Doctrinal creeds and statements of faith can be both divisive and misleading, since they are all composed by imperfect human beings.
Therefore, we assert the following:
• In essential beliefs—we have unity
• In nonessential beliefs—we have liberty
• In all our beliefs—we exhibit charity
(I Corinthians 13:2; Ephesians 4:15)
Although we prefer the Bible to speak for itself, for the purpose of understanding the basic doctrinal positions of Antioch, the following is presented.
ABOUT WHAT WE BELIEVE:
There is only one, true God, eternally existing in three distinct personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are one God, having the same nature, attributes, and perfections, and are therefore worthy of the same worship and obedience. God is the Creator, Sustainer, and Ruler of the universe.
[ Genesis 1:1, 26-27; Deuteronomy 6:4; 1 Timothy 2:5; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 1 Corinthians 13:14 ]
2. JESUS CHRIST
Jesus Christ is the Son of God, meaning He is coequal with the Father. He is the expressed image of the invisible God and Creator of all things. He became a man, being born of the virgin Mary, and lived a sinless life. Consequently, Jesus offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He rose bodily from the dead after three days, demonstrating His victory over sin and death. He ascended to heaven, is seated in authority, and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
[ John 1:1-5,14, 5:18; Colossians 1:15-20; Hebrews 1:1-3, 4:14-15; Philippians 2:5-11; Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:22-23; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Acts 1:9-10 ]
3. THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is coequal with the Father and the Son. He is Creator, and is present in the world to convict people of their sin and make them aware of their need for the Savior-Jesus Christ. People are regenerated (born again) by the Holy Spirit, and He lives in believers to manifest the character of Christ. He provides believers with power for holy living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance for life. He also gives Christians spiritual gifts, so they might serve the church and the world in a manner that surpasses their own natural abilities and limitations. The victorious Christian life must be lived under His daily control.
[ Genesis 1:2; John 14:16-17, 16:7-13; Acts 1:8, 5:3-4; 1 Corinthians 2:10-14, 12:3-11; 2 Corinthians 3:17-18; Galatians 5:22-25; Ephesians 1:13, 5:18 ]
People are created in the image of God, and are designed to reflect His character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation and love. Through willful transgression and disobedience, people have fallen from their originally created state of righteousness, peace, and joy into a state of separation from God. Being separated from the source of life, love, and joy has resulted in bondage and death. People are unable to deliver themselves from their sinful condition, but are totally dependent upon the power of God as presented in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
[ Genesis 1:26-27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6, 59:1-2; Romans 3:23; 5:12-21 ]
Because people are unable to save themselves from their sinful condition, salvation is altogether the work of God. Neither good works nor self-improvement can make up for our sin. Salvation is the free gift of God. However, like any gift it must be received. This gift is received by faith, or by believing and trusting in Jesus Christ who died as our substitute that we might live. Through repentance from sin and faith toward God, we turn from our self-ruled life to trust in Jesus as Lord and Savior.
[ John 1:12; 14:6; Romans 5:6-21, 6:23; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5 ]
6. THE CHURCH
The church is composed of all who have experienced, through faith in Christ, the new birth into the family of God. All true believers are then members of the universal church, the body of Christ. Since the New Testament exhorts believers to gather for such purposes as worship, prayer, fellowship, sharing the Lord’s Supper, teaching of the Word, ministry to fellow Christians, and evangelism, the local church is an indispensable part of God’s plan for His people and the world. The work of parachurch groups is appreciated, but the local church is God’s chosen instrument for both the nurture of Christians and world evangelism. We believe in the spiritual unity of all true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ and in cooperating with one another for the causes of evangelism, social action, and missions.
[ Matthew 16:16-18; Romans 12:5; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Ephesians 1:22-23, 4:4-6, 9-16 ]
7. ETERNAL DESTINY
God created people to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. Eternal separation from God is Hell. Eternal fellowship and union with God is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence. [ John 3:16; Matthew 25:31-46, 19:29; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Revelation 20:11-15 ]